Historical Monuments In Uttarakhand

December, 2017 | Post By: Vinay Dobhal | Editor: Neha






Baijnath

Baijnath

Baijnath, which is 26k kms away is a historical and pilgrim site on Gwaldam motor road is set on the banks of river Gomti in Katyuri valley. It was once the capital of Katyuri dynasty and the ancient temples here stand in testimony of the erstwhile era. The ancient Shiva temple here is famous for the magnificent idol of Goddess Parvati. Another important shrine is the Kotkimai temple, 8 kms from here.

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Chaiti Devi Temple

Chaiti Devi Temple

Chaiti Temple situated 60 kms from Rudrapur at an elevation of 218 mts from the sea level. Chaiti Temple is a sacred Hindu shrine adorned in Kashipur which carries lot of historical importance and also religious fervor. The city is famous for its religious and mythical significance, as its name has been mentioned in the epic tale of Mahabharata that has been confirmed by the Archeological Survey of India. Every year in the month of March during 'Navratras' the temple hosts a grand Chaiti Mela or fair and lakhs of pilgrims come here to worship the Goddess from various places.

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Chaukhutia

Chaukhutia

Chaukhutia is 54 kms from Ranikhet and is on the Ranikhet-Badrinath highway. It is situated in the bank of Ram Ganga River. Chaukhutia's is famous for its historical past and religious significance. Kali temple, Vaishno Devi's temple, ancient fort and ruins of Katyuri dynasty are the places to visit and explore. This place is also famous for fishing centre.
The name Chaukhutia has derived from a Kumaoni word "Chakuta" which means four feet. In Chaukhutia's context four feet means four ways. From here the entire region is easily accessible.

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Doonagiri

Doonagiri

Doonagiri is 47 kms north of Ranikhet. It is rich and known for its historical and religious significance. Also rich in natural splendor it is said and believed that when Lord Hanuman was carrying the Sanjiwani booty a piece fell here and since that day, this place is known as Doonagiri. Here is a Doonagiri Temple which belongs to the goddess Durga. Doonagiri is also adorned by a temple of Vaishno Devi (the famous cave Goddess).

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Dwarahat

Dwarahat

Dwarahat is 32 kms from Ranikhet. It is situated in a wide valley of the river Ramganga which was once the seat of the Katyuri kings who are said to have ruled from the Great Himalayas to the plains.
This place is famous for its 55 cluster temples of Katyuri period with the main attraction of 8 groups temple (Mrityunjay, Dhwaj, Badrinath, Durga, Duijar Deval, Ratan Dewal, Maniyal and Kachri) dating from the 11th century and have some fascinating stone carvings. A famous Kumaoni Mela 'Syalde-Bikhoti Mela' is held in Dwarahat from 13th to 15th April annually.

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